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conning (See con)


1 an argument opposed to a proposal [ant: pro]
2 a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison [syn: convict, inmate, jailbird, gaolbird]
3 a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property [syn: bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, confidence trick, confidence game, con game, gyp, hustle, sting, flimflam] adv : on the negative side; "much was written pro and con" [syn: in opposition] [ant: pro]


1 deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change" [syn: victimize, swindle, rook, goldbrick, nobble, diddle, bunco, defraud, scam, mulct, gyp]
2 commit to memory; learn by heart; "Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?" [syn: memorize, memorise, learn] [also: conning, conned]

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  1. present participle of con
  2. present participle of conn

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